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will challenge chancellor merkel in the 2015 election. >> the french government unveils steep tax hikes on businesses and the country's wealthy as it seeks to cut the nation's budget deficit. >> in formula one, team mercedes is not going to renew michael schumacher's contract after the season is over. german chancellor angela merkel will have a formidable challenger when she seeks reelection next year. it has been announced that former finance minister peer steinbruck will be running to oppose her. >> is a sharp-witted and sharp- tongued opponent. his candidacy was announced earlier today in berlin. >> he is the spd star right now after the two other contenders made way for him. the parliamentary leader refused to run a second time, and party leader did not think he would attract enough votes, so steinbruck is said to compete against his onetime ally angela merkel for the chancellorship. >> i accept the challenge to take the spd to victory in the next election. that is our goal. we want to oust this government. >> steinbruck says he wants to head a social democrat green coalition. he ha
the opposition an edge, but the government claims it will retain its majority. >> opposition supporters have taken to the streets to celebrate victory. georgians went to the polls against a backdrop of prison abuse, a scandal that has damaged the once-popular government of mikhail saakashvili. his name rivals -- his main rival was to move the country into russia. it is not clear when the outcome will be known. let's go live to our reporter following the ballot in georgia. some confusion about the outcome, with both major groups claiming victory. do you have any further details? >> these elections have been a close race from the beginning. what we now hear from tbilisi, is that these elections obviously have turned out to become a victory for the opposition. the opposition -- the ballots showed that -- the exit polls showed that opposition leaders -- the opposition led by the oligarch who is accompanied with the president of georgia. >> is at stake? will this determine the future of the country -- >> what is at stake? will this determine the future of the country? >> this parliament will beco
of government since the collapse of the soviet union more than 20 years it. >> president mikheil saakashvili will stay in office, but his party has lost parliamentary elections to the opposition party, the georgian dream. now you'll have to get along with a new prime minister who ran a bitter campaign against him. >> batman is a once elusive millionaire who only wanted to politics last year. we will find out more about hamper our correspondent in moscow in just a moment. first, this report. >> it georgians will cut to the prospect of a new parliament. it's the first time since independence that an election rather than a revolution has led to the transfer of power. >> i expect improvements and laws so that children will be happy. i don't know how he will behave and what he will do for the people, but i see the people are hopeful. >> we expect things to get better. expect new things. the whole population is in a good mood. people meet each other and kiss each other. >> he swept to power in 2004 but faces accusations of but the rates vary and rule. his party will no longer control parliament. >
. the pictures highlight the uncertainty caused by company executives and government officials. tepco released six hours of video. it was recorded over five days starting march 11th. the footage shows people at the plant on offsite center at the firm's head office in tokyo and other branch offices. one section shows the plant chief was unable to communicate with government officials. >> another part shows the confusion over how to open the valve and lower the pressure inside a reactor. >> tepco officials say they plan to release more video recorded in the month after the accident. >>> japan's industry minister says the government will not allow a power company to start building a nuclear plant in western japan. the decision comes three weeks after the government allowed work to resume on two plants already under construction. yukio edano referred to plans by chugoku electric power company to build a facility in yam ga chi prefecture. he said the government's new policy rules out the construction of nuclear plants government leaders adopted the policy last month. they said they would try to end
earlier this month to resume construction after government leaders approved japan's new energy policy. the policy allows work to continue on plants already under construction while at the same time encourages japanese to end their reliance on nuclear power by the 2030s. the industry minister visited aomori prefecture two weeks ago. he told the governor that the ohma plan could be completed. j-power managers plan to inform residents of local municipalities of the decision next week. two other nuclear plants were under construction before last year's disaster. no decision has been made on resuming those projects. >>> once these facilities are built, they must pass stricter safety standards before they can start generating power. members of the newly formed nuclear regulation authority will draft the rules. the government created the nra after the fukushima accident exposed the shortcomings of the former watchdog. we're looking at what's expected of this new authority on today's "nuclear watch." the nra replaced the nuclear and industrial safety agency. it also took over the responsibili
inside syria between rebels and government forces. it is a little bit unclear at the moment. what seems to be clear, though, is that turkey is making it very clear to syria that it is not accepting any more of this cross-border shelling.% the response was immediate by turkish artillery into syria itself. >> let's look into the warning there -- he has been saying since the middle of the week that turkey is not looking for work, but today, he is now saying it is close to war. what should we read into that? >> everyone is trying to find a balance between being tough and avoiding war. he thinks he has to be tough to the outside world and to his own voters to show them and also the syrians that turkey is not to be messed with. on the other hand, he is very clear not to drag turkey into a war that it does not want. it is a little dangerous game he is playing, but that explains why he is talking tough one day and more conciliatory on another day. >> thanks very much for that. in syria itself, rebels claimed that they have shot down an armed army helicopter near the capital damascus and seized
chinese name. it also said the u.s. and japan crafted back room deals to give the japanese government administrative control over senkaku. it calls the alleged agreement illegal and invalid. the government-controlled "china daily" ran similar advertisements last week in "the new york times" and "the washington post." japanese officials launched a protest against the newspapers for printing the ads. the foreign minister koichiro gemba has indicated japanese authorities will increase their efforts to assert their position on the islands to the international community. >> something like information warfare is under way. we need to appeal to the international community even though the status of our country on the island does not change. >> gemba added the japanese government sees no dispute over their sovereignty. and the latest standoff at sea around the senkaku islands is over. four chinese patrol ships left japanese territorial waters. they entered the area earlier in the day and navigated there for several hours. japan coast guard crews spotted the marine surveillance vessels at midda
for restraint. the turkish government says it's initiating procedures to authorize the country's military to cross the border. the government says the move is to counter a threat against its national security. turkey has demanded that syria establish a buffer zone on the border to shelter syrians fleeing the country. syria has accused turkey of helping opposition forces in the country to smuggle in weapons and terrorists. >>> an estimated 60 million americans sat down in front of their tvs to watch an election ritual. u.s. president barack obama and his republican challenger, mitt romney, debated the economy, health care, and the role of government. their debate took place in colorado, one of the battleground states that could decide the election next month. nhk world's mami mochizuki reports from denver. >> reporter: this could turn out to be the most scrutinized event in the election. the first televised debate ahead of the november vote. for both candidates, risks are high. >> president obama and governor romney. [ applause ] >> reporter: americans got their first chance to size up the
since the start of the syrian uprising. the government says this bill is not a declaration of war against syria. >> turkey is not a country that wants war. it is a country that wants peace, but we're also a part of a country that is visible -- capable of doing what is necessary when a dictatorial regime violates the sovereignty of our country. >> turkey is ramping up its military presence along the syrian border. turkish troops launched retaliatory strikes on thursday, targeting syrian bases in the region. the deadly mortars are believed to have been fired from there. the people in turkey are hoping the chaos in syria will not spiral into a wider conflict. >> there has been jostling argument -- on the u.n. security council on how to respond to this situation. turkey's allies want a statement condemning the action by the syrians. >> western diplomats complained that russia's proposals would weaken the statement to an unacceptable degree. >> all sides have been voicing grave concern at the syrian civil war spilling over into the wider region. >> chancellor angela merkel expressed re
in prague are protesting against the government ban. they can no longer sell expensive drinks to tourists -- only beer and wine. no one is happy. >> czechs are angry, really mad. drinking spirits is a national pastime. what do you expect. >> but over 20 people have died. the government had to do something. >> everybody suffers just because a couple of people made a mistake. one person sold a bad batch of spirits, and now 10 million people have to suffer. >> the government is introducing new requirements for seals and proofs of origin. only bottles with approve labels will be allowed for sale and export, but many think moonshiner's will just take the new labels, and the new rules come too late for vladimir. doctors say he will never see again. >> spain's regions were once the symbol of democratic progress. for a long time, the regions are prospering and all was well in spain, but that changed dramatically when the financial crisis hit. now, many regions are on the verge of bankruptcy. today, the number of spaniards who can afford it beach is dropping, so it has rediscovered an old idea. >>
a series of car bombs target government forces in aleppo. >> the u.s. revs up what europe stalls. -- while europe's tallest. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- it is the day the people of germany celebrate the unity. 22 years ago, east and west reunited with the blessing of their european neighbors. now there has been a pill to draw the right lessons in the crisis europe faces. >> the president of the parliament says his country must strive for greater unity in europe and he warned against perverting -- reverting to old national rivalries as the weaker members of the eurozone struggle. >> the speech in munich is the center of the celebration. >> the ceremony began with music from richard strauss's opera. more than 1500 people attended the ceremony, including germany's top political leaders. the bavarian state premier compared the process of german unification to that of creating a united europe. then he gave the keynote address. >> we are german europeans. we must devote to the nfl -- unification of europe the same effort we made in german unification. he add
that the construction has finally resumed. >> ohma has been receiving grants from the value government for hosting the plant. the town uses the funds to build public schools and run hospitals. the resumption is expected to create new jobs. across the street from ohma is the city of hakodate. it opposes the restart. parts of the municipalities are within 30 kilometers of the plant. residents are worried about safety. hakodate's mayor says the project should be frozen indefinitely. he says the city plans to take legal action to stop it. >> translator: our city is considering a lawsuit. i want to prepare quickly. >> industry minister yukio edano says power companies should bear the primary responsibility of winning approval of local municipalities for resuming construction of nuclear plants. he says this remains unchanged from before last year's disaster. >>> members of japan's nuclear regulation authority say they'll examine the ohma plant using new safety standards. they say they won't allow the facility to operate unless it meets the requirements. >>> unemployment in the 17-nation eurozone remaine
. it was exciting. >> excitement and fun is what the new leader is promoting of kim jong-un created a government agency responsible for overseeing theme parks. experts say he's trying to define himself as a caring leader. the idea is simple. children, adults, even uniformed soldiers who flock to popular spots have a good time, then think of kim. >> translator: it's great. >> translator: kim jong-un cares for us as workers. i can't tell you how thankful we are. i feel like i can relieve a whole day's stress by enjoying attractions here. >> it's not just rides but restaurants, too. north korean officials want the world to know their country is changing. this newly opened italian restaurant offers 11 different types of pizza. its popular with locals, and it's also attracting tourists. >> in the western media you don't see stuff like this, so it's really interesting. >> reporter: people in north korea are currently enjoying a traditional holiday period. they take time to honor their ancestors and relax. their leader is never far from their minds. >> translator: kim jong-un is devoting himself to run
was detonated while the children attended sunday school in the capital nairobi. government forces launched an investigation last october to drive out the militant group. s 17 people were killed in strikes on two churches in july. police suspect islamic extremists are involved in the latest incident. >>> japan is among the world's fastest aging country and its economy is struggling with deflation. aiming at retirees are among the few sectors and growth. now some companies are going one step further. >> reporter: having your portrait taken for your own funeral might be strange to some, but in japan it's part of a range of services targeting the growing population of retirees. >> translator: i want to leave behind an enhanced picture of myself. my own favorite shot. >> reporter: people over the age of 65 have increased by more than 1 million over the past year. they make up almost one quarter of the japanese population. a proportion that's steadily on the rise. this wave of retirees was born during japan's post-war baby boom between 1947 and 1949. funeral homes, attorneys, are having an exhib
have plagued the relationship. the japanese government's nationalization of the senkaku islands earlier this month triggered the worst falling out in years. china claimed the territory. chinese express their anger by holding large demonstrations. some crowds damaged japanese supermarkets and factories. the civil and political attention prompted both people in both countries to scrap ceremonies marking diplomat relations. delegates attending the assembly in new york watched the tensions simmer all week. diplomats from both countries show the world they were a long way off from finding common ground. >> translator: the islands are inherently chinese territory and there is indisputable historical evidence tho demonstrate this fact. japan stole them in 1985 at the end of the japanese war. >> chinese foreign minister chi called the nationalization a unilateral action that grossly violates china's sovereignty. he said it constitutes a grave challenge to the international order and to the u.n. charter. reply to refute china's claim. >> from 1885, surveys of the senkaku islands has been conduct
that the construction has finally resumed. >> ohma has been receiving grants from the central government for hosting the plant. the town uses the funds to build public schools and run hospitals. the resumption is expected to create new jobs. across the street from ohma is the city of hakodate. it opposes the restart. parts of the municipality are within 30 kilometers of the plant. residents are worried about safety. hakodate's mayor says the project should be frozen indefinitely. he says the city plans to take legal action to stop it. >> translator: our city is considering a lawsuit. i want to prepare quickly. >> industry minister yukio edano says power companies should bear the primary responsibility of winning approval of local municipalities for resuming construction of nuclear plants. he says this remains unchanged from before last year's disaster. members of japan's nuclear regulation authority say they'll examine the ohma plant using new safety standards. they say they won't allow the facility to operate unless it meets the requirements. >>> japan's prime minister is looking ahead to a fall fu
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